Fans of the actress and singer, who was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel suite bath over the weekend, will no longer have the opportunity to attend a public memorial but will be able to watch the intimate family ceremony live, a family publicist has confirmed.
The star-studded funeral is expected to house over 1,500 friends and family including godmother Aretha Franklin and soul stars Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Dianne Warren.
Franklin has reportedly been asked to sing at the service, which will take place on Saturday 18th February at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.
The public outcry at the singer’s untimely death suggests that ‘audience’ numbers for the live stream are likely to be massive. Tributes to the singer have poured in on memorial sites and Twitter has been inundated with #WhitneyHouston tweets expressing sadness.
@beccalexis said: “I know
#WhitneyHouston is entertaining the angels right now! Talent like that never dies!”
There is no mention yet of which host sites or television channels which will be picking up the rights to stream but the battle is likely to be fierce if there is any question over where the stream will be placed.